AP source: Biden rakes in $750,000 at Hollywood fundraiser

first_imgHomeFeaturedAP source: Biden rakes in $750,000 at Hollywood fundraiser May. 10, 2019 at 4:30 amFeaturedGovernmentNewsAP source: Biden rakes in $750,000 at Hollywood fundraiserAssociated Press2 years ago$750000Chris SilbermannentertainmentfundraiserhollywoodJeffrey Katzenbergjoe bidenJoe WazpowerbrokerTom Girardivice president Joe Biden raked in over $750,000 during a fundraiser attended by Hollywood powerbrokers, a massive haul that demonstrates the entertainment industry’s lasting affection for the former vice president.Biden’s 2020 Democratic presidential campaign declined to comment on how much was raised Wednesday evening at the home of interior designer Michael S. Smith and his husband, James Costos, a former HBO executive who was President Barack Obama’s ambassador to Spain.But two people with direct knowledge of the event told The Associated Press on Thursday that over $750,000 was collected, and one of the people said checks were still being tabulated. They were not authorized to reveal the fundraising numbers and spoke on condition of anonymity.The sum raised was first reported by CNBC.The Wednesday night event was co-hosted by industry titans including media mogul Peter Chernin, DreamWorks co-founder Jeffrey Katzenberg and talent agency head Chris Silbermann, as well as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt, according to an event invitation. Other sponsors included Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, Richard Blum, and several former Obama administration ambassadors.More than 300 guests noshed on hot dogs, cheeseburgers with organic beef, and french fries in the front yard of Smith and Costos’ Brentwood home while a jazz band played. Later, Biden took the stage.“I promise you if we elect a Democrat this time — whether it’s me or someone else — we’re going to see this country come together like it hasn’t in a long time,” Biden said. “Because people are tired, they’re sick and tired of what’s happening. Let’s lift our heads up. Again, not a joke, remember who the hell we are. And let’s go take it back.”The event was one of three Biden fundraisers held during a two-day swing through Los Angeles. Earlier Wednesday he was feted at the home of Cynthia Telles and telecommunications executive Joe Waz. And on Thursday, he attended a breakfast at the Jonathan Club in downtown Los Angeles, where he joked about the crowded Democratic primary, saying that he always expected tough competition but never anticipated running against “300 people.”The quip came after Tom Girardi, an attorney who is married to “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Erika Jayne, hyped recent polling that shows Biden as a front-runner.Biden said he expects the race will be a marathon and recalled the advice of an old football coach who said, “Joe, don’t read your clips.”“I know all that polling stuff looks good, but it is a marathon and we have a long way to go,” he said.“There’s a lot of people who are qualified and decent and running. And I think it’s one heck of a field, although I never anticipated there’d be 300 people running,” he continued, prompting laughter from the audience.Although some candidates have criticized Biden, particularly his coziness with megadonors and industry leaders, he said he would “never speak ill” of another Democratic competitor.Tags :$750000Chris SilbermannentertainmentfundraiserhollywoodJeffrey Katzenbergjoe bidenJoe WazpowerbrokerTom Girardivice presidentshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentCalifornia developer fined $15M over pricey beach hotelCalifornia governor proposes $213B state spending planYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agolast_img read more

Action needed to cut speed in housing estates – Mc Monagle

first_imgAudioHomepage BannerNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Previous articleJason Quigley to meet Mathias Eklund in LondonNext articleBurtonport needs investment now – Gallagher News Highland Action needed to cut speed in housing estates – Mc Monagle Pinterest Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitter By News Highland – March 20, 2019 Harps come back to win in Waterford Pinterest Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty center_img Derry draw with Pats: Higgins & Thomson Reaction Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Facebook FT Report: Derry City 2 St Pats 2 Serious concern has been raised over the high speed some motorists are traveling through private estates while children are at play.Several instances have been highlighted, particularly in the Letterkenny area, however Donegal County Council say that they are limited to what they can do because they are not Council-owned estates.It has led to the suggestion that affected residents should erect speed limit signage themselves but these would not be legally binding.Cllr. Gerry McMonagle says all children deserve the same level of protection, regardless of where they live…………..Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/gerryestates1pm.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th WhatsApp Twitterlast_img read more

Workers dismayed by President Trump’s federal hiring freeze

first_img McLEAN, Va. (AP) – Federal worker Greg Guthrie had held out hope after Donald Trump’s election to president that his professed advocacy for the American worker would extend to the federal workforce, too.That hope diminished after Trump on Monday issued an executive order implementing a hiring freeze across the federal government, with exceptions only for military, national security or public safety personnel.So while Guthrie wasn’t shocked to learn Trump had imposed the hiring freeze, he was disappointed.“I guess there’s a presumption that a lot of people in government are not needed,” Guthrie, an information specialist with the Department of Commerce’s National Technical Information Service in Alexandria, said in a phone interview. “But we’re pretty lean right now, anyway. Now to say that there will be no new, young workers – that’s pretty draconian.”Trump had raised the possibility of a hiring freeze during the campaign. At a news conference Monday, Trump spokesman Sean Spicer said the freeze ensures taxpayers get effective and efficient government and said it “counters the dramatic expansion of the federal workforce in recent years.”Statistics from the Office of Personnel Management, though, show that the number of executive branch employees hasn’t been this low since 1965, and that the number of employees has stayed more or less steady in the last 15 years.Guthrie, who is also union officer with the National Federation of Federal Employees, said he didn’t understand how Trump could conclude that a hiring freeze was a good idea even before his Cabinet nominees have been approved.“As a federal worker, it’s kind of deflating to be felt like you’re unnecessary,” he said.The union’s president, Randy Erwin, said in a statement Monday that a hiring freeze is a “terrible idea.”“Freezing federal hiring sounds good on the campaign trail, but it does not make government smaller like some people think it does,” he said. “All it does is lead to the hiring of more federal contractors which tend to cost taxpayers more than federal employees and are less accountable.”The full effect of a hiring freeze is unclear. According to OPM, the federal government hired 221,000 workers in fiscal 2015, the most recent year for which data is available.The number excludes uniformed military personnel. But roughly a third of those hired were military veterans, who enjoy hiring preferences in the federal government.Erwin also pointed out that the Department of Veterans Affairs currently has 2,000 vacancies and said “it is the American veteran that is going to suffer” because the agency is now barred from filling those vacancies.Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Virginia, whose district includes many federal workers, said Monday that the government actually needs to increase its capacity to handle certain issues, like cybersecurity.“This Executive Order … will have a depressing effect on our ability to recruit and retain the next generation of federal workers,” he said. “This is a far cry from President Kennedy’s effort to inspire a new generation to enter public service.”Republican Barbra Comstock, who also represents parts of northern Virginia in Congress, announced her own opposition to the hiring freeze and said “past hiring freezes in both Republican and Democrat administrations have cost the federal government money in the long run.” Workers dismayed by President Trump’s federal hiring freeze SHARE Author: AP center_img Do you see a typo or an error? Let us know. Published: January 24, 2017 7:36 AM EST Updated: January 24, 2017 7:37 AM EST last_img read more